The Information Technology field is experiencing explosive growth and Cisco Certified professionals are needed throughout the region. This program will provide students with the essential knowledge to install, configure, and operate simple routed LANs and WANs and prepare for the Cisco™ Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate program has been created to address the needs of businesses and organizations within the local West Virginia community. Information Technology is a growing field in this area and the need for certified technicians is growing at a rapid rate. This program will address this need at a local level and allow for resident businesses and organizations to hire from a local pool of talent as opposed to hiring outside of the local community to address their needs. This program will provide the student with the essential knowledge to install, configure, and operate simple routed LANs and WANs and prepare for the Cisco™ Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Switched LAN Emulation networks made up of Cisco™ equipment will also be taught. The program is a focused coverage of Cisco™ router configuration procedures, which will be mapped to exam objectives for the Cisco composite CCNA or Cisco partial ICND 1 and ICND 2 certification exams.
Students seeking a rapid path to employment may enroll in the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification Program, which will provide the fundamental knowledge and skills required for employment in the Networking portion of the Information Technology field. Those seeking specific technical knowledge and a broader, more marketable understanding of the networking environment can pursue the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certificate option. Both programs are instructed by highly trained and credentialed faculty and incorporate technical modules, hands-on laboratories, and equipment training
Students in the Cisco Certified Network Associate program are subject to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's requirements for admission, basic skills testing, and appropriate course placement, including developmental education courses, which may not count toward completion of the program. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College requirements regarding academic standards and student conduct also apply.
- Develop the necessary troubleshooting skills to restore network operations.
- Demonstrate the necessary skills to configure small business networks.
- Construct and design a business network through a capstone project.
- Develop the necessary communication skills to be able to coordinate and work on a team project, learn how to troubleshoot logical and design errors along with technical errors, and be able to provide clear and effective documentation of a project to aid future work such as maintenance and upgrades.
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides the knowledge to gain entry-level jobs in the IT field. The program is an excellent starting point for students who are uncertain of their specific IT paths but are considering a degree in computer network engineering.